UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 22 MARCH 2018
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM.

The President, Com. J. Kiejda occupied the Chair.

PRESENT:   M. Morey [Secretary],  T. Costa, E. Maiden (Assistant Secretaries).

OPENING OF THE MEETING:
The President, Com. J. Kiejda opened the meeting and in doing so recognised the traditional owners of the land on which the meeting was held, The Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.

MINUTES:

The Secretary, Com M. Morey moved:-

That the minutes from the meeting of 15 March 2018 as circulated be received.”

Com R. Mallia (CFMEU) seconded.

CARRIED 

The Secretary, Com M. Morey moved:-

That the minutes from the meeting of 15 March 2018 as circulated be adopted.”

Com A. Rudman (RTBU) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for M. Gatfield (UV), D. McKinley (ETU), B. Holmes (NSWNMA), D. Greenfield (CFMEU), N. Lang (ASU), G. Kelly (USU), P. Byrne (NSWNMA) A. Claassens (RTBU).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:   

“That the apologies be received and accepted.” 

Com. C. Leiva (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

Changing the Conversation on Asylum Seekers

GUEST SPEAKERS:

Chantelle Ogilvie-Ellis, Sydney Alliance
Asylum Seeker, from Ahvaz, Iran
Oliver White, UNICEF

Sydney Alliance presented ‘Changing the Conversation on Asylum Seekers Program’ at this week’s Council meeting to make all aware of the program they regularly run.

The Changing the Conversation on Asylum Seekers program is designed to use the human stories behind those seeking asylum to help build solidarity with workers and other communities.

Chantelle Ogilvie-Ellis from the Sydney Alliance introduced the session with a discussion of the power of stories and how they can challenge what is presented in the mainstream media. Chantelle explained how the Changing the conversation had been presented in long and short formats with churches, community organisations and unions. Chantelle introduced the speakers. The asylum seeker from Avhaz, Iran told his story about how he came to be in Australia. Chantelle then asked the audience to take two minutes to reflect on the story with the person sitting next to them. Oliver White, from UNICEF, then answered a range of questions from the audience.

The President, Com.  J. Kiejda thanked the speakers and noted how moving the presentation had been and the courage it must take to stand up and tell your story. She also noted the importance of the topic and the need for us to do more.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. Palm Sunday Rally and March  

The theme is Refugees are Welcome here, Not Manus, Not Nauru.  

The march will be held on Sunday 25 March at 2pm at Belmore Park (opposite Central Station) and march to Victoria Park. 

Affiliates are encouraged to join the Palm Sunday March for Refugees to protest the government’s immigration policy and publicise the event through your union’s communication channels. 

2. The MUA will be hosting a family fun day to mark the 20th anniversary of the Patrick Dispute:

When: Saturday, 7 April 2018 from midday
Where: M Club, Corner Malabar Road & Mons Avenue, Maroubra.

The event will recognise the enormous struggle waged by the Patrick MUA membership and the broader working class nationally and internationally, its impact both positive and negative, and reflect on the attacks on workers, their families and communities that continue to this day.

A Facebook event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/156971691630857/

For further information please contact Mahla Conomos at MUA,  9265 8444 or mahla.conomos@mua.org.au

3.  Memorial Service for Seasonal Workers Killed in the Workplace

Affiliates are invited to express their solidarity by attending a memorial service for workers who have died or been injured in the Seasonal Worker Program at Strathfield Uniting Church, 11 Carrington Avenue, Strathfield from 4:00pm on Saturday 14 April 2018.

Should you require any further information regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact Mark Fagan, National and NSW Branch Chief of Staff via mark.fagan@nat.awu.net.au or Shane Roulstone, National Organiser via shane.roulstone@nat.awu.net.au

4.  Safety and Workers Compensation Conference 2018

Unions NSW will be holding its Safety and Workers Compensation Conference 2018 on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 April 2018 in the Trades Hall Auditorium, Lower Ground Floor, Trades Hall (entry via 377 Sussex Street) Sydney.

The conference is for health & safety representatives, WHS committee members, delegates, WC/WHS Industrial Officers & Union Organisers.

Thursday 26 April 2018 will focus on Workers Compensation and Friday 27 April will focus on Safety.

5. International Day of Mourning Service 2018 held for families and friends who have lost loved ones as a result of workplace incidents or occupational illness at work.

Sydney:             Saturday 28 April, 11:45am for 12:00 Noon
                         at Reflection Park, Darling Harbour

Central Coast:  Saturday 28 April,  11:45am for 12noon Ourimbah Wall of Remembrance, Chittaway Rd, Ourimbah

 6. May Day

This May Day workers will rally together to say It’s Time to Change the Rules It’s time to stand up and fight back.

Sunday 6 May @ 11am • Hyde Park North 

It’s time to restore power to the people, join the movement to Change the Rules: Text Rights to 0488 838 805

7. Mothers Day Classic

Last year we raised: $12,445.31 -  Help us raise even more this year. 

WHERE: The Domain, Art Gallery Road, Sydney
WHEN: Sunday 13 May 2018

DISTANCES: 4km walk, 4km run, 7km walk, 8km run THE COURSE 

Join the Unions NSW team – run or walk – http://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/register/  

Donate to the Unions NSW team - https://mothersdayclassic18.everydayhero.com/au/unions-nsw

8. THERE WILL BE NO EXECUTIVE OR COUNCIL MEETINGS NEXT Thursday 29 March 2018 - Next Executive and Council Meetings will resume on Thursday 5 April 2018.

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:40 PM

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